Former LSU Tigers quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who is now suiting up for the Tennessee Titans, was reportedly involved in a one-sided altercation at a Nashville bar over the weekend. Mettenberger was punched by an Alabama fan at Losers Most Wanted Bar & Grill – no, that name is not made up. Seems pretty fitting for a story involving someone throwing sucker punches, right?
According to owner Steve Ford, it was Mettenberger’s nonchalant response to a “Roll Tide” that prompted the punch.
“Here’s the truth: The guy said something about ‘Roll Tide!’ to Zach, and Zach turned around and said ‘Good luck with that,’ ” Ford told The Tennessean. “And the guy’s buddy then sucker-punched Zach.
“I promise you that Mettenberger did not throw a punch. He didn’t do anything. The guy sucker-punched him in the eye, that’s the bottom line, and the guy that punched him started running out the door. My door guys had to chase him down.”
No charges are being pressed by Mettenberger or the bar.
“It is what it is and it’s over. No one is pressing charges,” Ford said. “It shouldn’t have happened to begin with. The guy said ‘Roll Tide.’ He tried to provoke him. But Zach did not throw one punch, period. I was standing right next to him.”
“I know in 15 years being in the bar business, I know that everyone is trying to provoke someone who is a moving billboard. I don’t care if they are country music, a rapper, football players or whatever. Everybody is trying to push somebody’s buttons. It is a lawsuit jungle out there.”
And for that, we ask all readers to please “Roll Tide” responsibly.